Skip to Content
Crime And Courts

Man gets 10 years for arson in wildfire west of Eugene

Lane County Sheriff's Office
Mapleton resident Elias Pendergrass was accused of arson in connection with three fires that merged and threatened homes.

MAPLETON, Ore. (AP) — A man who started a wildfire west of Eugene near Mapleton in August will serve 10 years in prison.

KCBY-TV reports 44-year-old Elias Pendergrass of Mapleton was sentenced on Wednesday after pleading guilty to first-degree arson.

The district attorney’s office said Pendergrass must also complete three years of post-prison supervision after his release. He will also have to pay restitution, with the amount to be determined in the next six months.

The Sweet Creek Fire sparked an evacuation notice in late August and grew to hundreds of acres before it was contained.

Fire / Fire Alert / News / Oregon-Northwest / Top Stories

The Associated Press



  1. He’s probably smiling because now, instead of being homeless, he gets three hots and a cot for the next 10 years. I think they should make him live outside for 20 years. At least HE has a roof over his head. More than I can say for his victims.

  2. I sure wish there was some mention of therapy for this person. I feel the same rage for his behavior – and am HAPPY he is going away for 10 years– but maybe underneath there is a valuable human being that needs some help becoming a good guy…. just sayin’.

Leave a Reply

Skip to content